Expectation vs. Reality

As you may know I was fully expecting to return to the gym yesterday for a brisk leisurely stroll on the treadmill. Since I’ve been out for a couple of days having one of my wisdom teeth extracted I wanted to get back in the gym as soon as possible while putting myself in the least amount of harm that I could.

That didn’t pan out.

Yesterday afternoon I smiled very wide and felt something pop inside my mouth. Against recommendations, I rolled my tongue across the extraction site to see what I could feel. There was no blood in my mouth to indicate that I had truly fucked something up but the sutures felt loose. Almost like they were beginning to dissolve. The dentist told me this would happen but he didn’t say how long they were supposed to stay in before they began to dissolve. Forever a worry wart, I decided to call the dentist to get a timeline.

After a few minutes on the phone my nerves were calmed by the assistant that I hadn’t messed myself up but, while I had them on the phone, I wanted to double check to be sure that it would be fine if I at least hit the treadmill for about an hour of walking.

I got shut down!

They told me that it would be best if I waited until after my follow up visit on Friday before I return to any type of strenuous activity.

By the time I am able to get back in the gym it will have been a solid ass week missed.

While I am very disappointed and have made several jokes about waiting until I was skinny to have my teeth pulled, I am choosing to continue my weight loss journey even through my inability to go to the gym.

So, for the next couple of days I am going to be following a very strict calorie reduced meal schedule. I don’t want to call it a diet because it’s not and I don’t want to call it a meal plan because it won’t be. What I am going to do is only allow myself to consume 1310 calories a day until I can get myself back in the gym. This should be relatively easy since I am already being extra mindful of what I am eating so that I don’t end up with food particles in my extraction site and cause an infection.

Oh! and best believe I will be in the gym before the sun comes up on Saturday as long as I get the clearance on Friday afternoon. Because I like it in there now. I like the way I feel as a person once I leave the gym. I like the way the sweat feels and how my various areas burn when I really push myself. I can’t wait to get back to it.

To keep myself on track I’ve been measuring my food intake and logging it everyday on the MyFitness Pal app.

As you can see I have already logged my breakfast and lunch for today and am well within my calorie goal.

I’ve been using this app for a while now and always in different ways but none that I have been able to maintain. This was mostly my fault as I would always start strong with logging every single thing I ate and then I would gradually start lying to myself and the app about portion sizes and not logging everything.

My most recent attempt with the app has been going a lot better than my past attempts though as I have been being honest with myself about what I’m eating and how much I have been moving and exercising so I am optimistic about the outcome of this week’s calorie limitations.

Still, I can’t wait to get back to the gym and back to allowing myself 1500 calories a day and burning at least 500 in the gym every night. That combo has been the most effective for me so far. Oh! I almost forgot to tell you guys too. I am down to 208lbs! That’s -4 lbs in total. Not much to some but they mean the world to me.

Well, here’s to Day 4 post wisdom tooth extraction. I gotta get back to work but I’ll check in with you guys later. Hmmm, maybe since I’m not going to the gym I’ll pop back in later to show you guys what I put together for dinner.

Until next time…

Don’t judge me. You don’t know my life!!!

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